David Eng PROGRAM LEADER
David joined the DC Tri Club in 2013 as a member of NTP. Since then, he has done multiple Sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman distance races, including Escape from Alcatraz, Alpe d’Huez, and Savageman. David thrives on stress and works as a healthcare attorney. When not training or working, he can found chasing after his dog, Chip, or playing country ballads with his acoustic guitar.
Kate Ayoub PROGRAM COACH
Kate joined the DC Tri Club in 2015. She had been an NTP co-lead and is now the NTP coach. Kate has raced all distances from a Sprint to a Half Ironman with plans for a full Ironman in 2017. When Kate is not training, she works as a physical therapist and enjoys cooking, traveling and long bike rides.
Chris DeBatt PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Chris joined the DC Tri Club in 2015 as a member of NTP. As a cyclist who hated running, he is a firm believer in challenging yourself by getting in just over your head and finished two Olympic distance races in his first season (in fairly ugly fashion). Quickly coming to love the community, he is excited to bring new triathletes into the sport and help them learn from his (at times ridiculous) mistakes as an NTP co-lead. When not working too hard for clients or adventuring with pre-schoolers, you can often catch Chris trying to set a new PR on his Rock Creek ride.
Mark Raugust PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Returning NTP co-lead Mark Raugust joined the DC Tri Club in 2012 as part of the NTP program. Prior to taking up triathlons Mark was an avid cyclist and trained martial arts for 10 years. Mark has completed all distances of triathlon including a full Ironman. Mark also leads the DC Tri Winter Marathon Training Group. When not training Mark cooks and does consular work for the U.S. government.
David Payne PROGRAM CO-LEADER
David has been doing triathlon since joining NTP in January 2011. What was supposed to be a one-off triathlon race has turned into four seasons, races, and distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman. He became a NTP co-lead because he loves to bring newbies to the sport and to share with them the high of racing his non-triathlon friends refer to as “more expensive than a drug habit”. You can often catch David running on the Sligo Creek Trail or at Wilson Aquatic Center swimming or on deck as one of the DC Tri Club Masters Swim Program coaches.
Eran Goudes PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Eran joined the DC Tri Club in the Summer of 2014 when a fellow swimmer in the Masters program suggested he look into NTP. After completing a Sprint Triathlon and catching the tri bug, he joined NTP in 2015 and has since completed 7 triathlons. Eran’s goal is to complete 2-3 triathlons per year until no longer physically able. A wealth management professional during the day, Eran also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and face-timing with his adorable nieces.
Margaret O’Connor PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Margaret joined the DC Tri Club in 2014. After years of running, she completed her first triathlon in 2012 and since then has raced distances from Olympic to Ironman. She is looking forward to the year of training for a Half Ironman and a marathon as well as sharing her love of the sport with new triathletes. Margaret is a budget analyst for the State Department and enjoys baking, traveling, and playing with her dog.
Jenny Cunningham PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Jenny joined the NTP program in 2016 looking for a new challenge after retiring from a college swimming career. Jenny completed her first triathlon in high school and has completed three additional sprint triathlons in the last couple of years. In addition to being an NTP co-lead, Jenny also coaches for the DC Tri Masters Swim Program. Jenny works in Education Technology and enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking in her spare time.
Kyoko Kawai PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Kyoko joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. After she completed her first triathlon, she has raced every distance, including Ironman Lake Placid in 2013 and Ironman Mount Tremblant in 2014. She believes that the NTP provided her a solid foundation to enjoy and face the challenges of triathlon training and races. She wants to serve as a co-leader of NTP to give back to the program. When she has time off from triathlons, she likes to be on the water and compete in sailing races.
Alex Shiroma PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Alex joined the DC Tri Club as part of the 2013 NTP class. He was looking for a reason to get back into the pool and start swimming again and had recently started cycling with friends; he thought triathlons could be that reason. He has raced several Sprint races and looks forward to tackling the Olympic distance. When he is not training, Alex is an IT Consultant for the federal government and enjoys snowboarding, auto racing, traveling, and good food.
Kelly Lefler PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Kelly joined the DC Tri Club in 2015 and has been racing triathlons since 2011. She has raced all distances (in one season, too!) and is trying to race in every state. She loves sharing her joy for the sport, and in 2016, mentored with the NTP. This is her first year as a co-lead. When taking a break from training, Kelly enjoys cooking and eating, traveling, and works as an analyst for the federal government.
Christina Kachulis PROGRAM CO-LEADER
Christina joined NTP and the DC Tri Club in 2016 looking for a fun and active community to be a part of in DC. She found what she was looking for, completing 4 sprint triathlons in the 2016 season, attending numerous training events, and becoming a co-lead for NTP. This season, Christina is excited to train for her first Olympic distance triathlons and looks forward to working with new triathletes. Outside of triathlon, Christina works as a nurse at a community health clinic, enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and watching bad TV.